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Always carry a clean and safe container

Always carry a container. You want one that does not contain any endocrine disrupting chemicals and you probably want to stay away from most plastics. Sealable silicone pouches have hit the market and you can also get glass conatiners with sealable lids made with safe plastic. These are convenient if your food needs to stay chilled or reheated. I know a rhyme that helps me avoid toxic plastic packaging. Twelve forty-five, stay alive. Three six seven, straight to heaven. This reminds me to stick with plastic types, one, two, four and five. One and two seem to be the safest overall.

You will be surprised how this simple change can avoid so much trash! When you are eating at a restaurant and you need a doggy bag, you will be glad to have your own container and avoid the nasty chemicals in the styrofoam containers issued. The same applies when you want to get take aways. Ask the person at the till to use your container for packing the food.

When you visit the deli or your local store, you can also ask the assistant to use your container. Saving time by not having to ecobrick pannets, cling wrap and other plastic packaging is bliss. The more you persevere, the easier it gets.

Plus, when you attend a dinner party or buffet and your host pleads with the guests to take home leftovers because there are so much….Ta Dah! You have your handy container on the ready! Man! I love leftovers the next day especially when they come from a party that can sometimes leave you feeling exhausted.

You can make a little zero waste pack and keep it in your car or backpack. Inside you can keep your reusable bags, a reusable straw and knife, fork and spoon, a cotton napkin, a coffee mug with a silicone sealable lid, a glass water bottle, and a small ecobrick with a mini stick.

Make a little check list and stick it somewhere where you will see it everyday. As you plan your day, you will get into the habit of anticipating what you will need and pack accordingly.

You can do it! Your actions will save miles of landfill space and less chance of posioning of wildlife but you also inspire and motivate others. You may not get praise and some may give you a funny look but they are watching and they are noticing and they will get it.

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Recipes for Litha


Sun’s Up Cobbler

Ingredients:

3 and 1/2 cups of halved peaches in syrup
3 slices slightly dry or lightly toasted bread
1 tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup melted vegan butter or margarine.
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegan butter or margarine 
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg 

Method:

Drain the peaches, reserving 1 cup of syrup.
In a pan, combine cornstarch and salt and slowly blend in reserved syrup.
Over medium high heat, cook and stir until the mixture comes to a boil.
Reduce heat and cook and stir for 2minutes.
Add lemon juice, vegan butter or margarine and peaches.
Heat until it looks like it’s about to to bubble.
Pour into a  medium size baking dish. 

Cut bread lengthwise into 2 /3 cm strips.Dip the pieces into 1/4 cup melted vegan butter or margerine, then into mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Arrange over peaches. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until toasty. Serve with whipped coconut cream. Makes about 6 servings. 


Lavender Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients:


1 pint water
28g lavender flowers 
225g sugar
Juice of 4 lemons


Method:


Pour boiling water over the lavender flowers and allow to infuse for about 20 minutes. Then add sugar and lemon juice, and chill. Store in the fridge.To make up, mix about 1 part of the syrup to 4 parts water, serve with ice

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UNICORN CAFE IS HOME TO THE MILNERTON SEED LIBRARY

Did you know that you can borrow seeds just like you borrow books from the library? It’s true and it’s called a seed library. You can make a withdrawal, plant the seeds and enjoy the fruits of your harvest. In order to be self sustainable and regenerative, some plants must be left to produce seeds. These seeds are harvested to grow during the next season. This is called seed saving and closes the loop so producing food is like a cycle that feeds itself. Once you have saved some seeds, you then return a small portion back to the seed library so others can borrow seeds to add to their varieties of food crops.

You don’t need to pay to borrow seeds however being an active part of the library helps build stock and keeps the seeds fresh. You can also donate seeds to the library which increases the diversity. Maintaining a large variety of seeds helps us to protect food biodiversity and preserve heirloom seeds from privatisation, destructive and deadly monoculture and genetic splicing.
For more information about why this is an important issue, read ‘Protecting Our Seed Biodiversity‘. Click here for information aboutsaving seeds.

What can you borrow from Milnerton Seed Library?

Here is a list of what we currently have:

Bean – Broad Bean
Bean – Dwarf Bean Contender
Bean – Non GMO Soy
Beetroot – Crimson Globe
Beetroot – Early Wonder
Broccoli – Green Sprouting
Carrots – Nantes
Calendula – Orange
Cauliflower – Snowball
Coriander
Corn – Non GMO Bloody Butcher from Transkei
Cosmos – Sensation Mixed
Cucumber – Ashley
Eggplant – Black Beauty
Leek – Giant Carentan
Melon – Honeydew Green Flesh
Melon – Hales Best
Onion – Australian Brown
Onion – Caledon Globe
Peas – Antique
Pepper – California Wonder
Radishes – Cherry Belle
Squash – Caserta
Squash – Rolet
Squash – Waltham
Swiss Chard – Fordhook Giant
Sunflower
Tomato – Floradade
Turnip – Early Purple Top Globe
Watermelon – Charleston Grey
Watermelon – Congo
Watermelon – Crimson Sweet
Zulu Clover

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Help Me Bring Unicorn Cafe to Life

I have been a passionate activist for the environment for as long as I can remember. My first trained profession was accounting and I would be lying if I said my job was a fulfilling one. Almost everyday, I was frustrated that I was not doing enough for our environment.

 

I would read about the devastating effects of deforestation, commercial agriculture, pollution and I felt overwhelmed. Most of all, I felt helpless at my desk while producing management accounts for board members. I knew my passion and skills were being wasted and I wanted to do more with my life.

I came to the conclusion that in order to find happiness, I would need to start a business on my own terms. Terms that respect the laws of nature and a happy working environment.

 

Unicorn Cafe was born as an online shop and educational blog. I knew starting a business was no easy feat and that it requires dedication, commitment, perserverence and persistence. Luckily, I have all these things and I believe in my business so much that I will never give up. It is my baby, that has germinated from a place of hope and inspiration.

 

What I did not have was capital and so I had to grow it organically whilst still working a full time job. So, with the little time that I had, and a small inheritance from my late father, I created a website and built up some stock.

 

The greatest challenge is time and time is running out. I can build Unicorn Cafe myself but to grow a business organically takes a long time and I want to provide a space for my customers sooner than that. I have customers that ask me frequently and regularly about a shop. I want to give that to them. I also want to provide a space to learn how to cope with challenges of climate change and how to restore the land and live a regenerative life. This is why this task has become urgent. People need to learn now and Unicorn Cafe needs this space to provide that.

 

Unicorn Cafe is destined to be a magical space where people can do their shopping in a zero waste store. It will be a place to enjoy colourful and delicious plant based food with ingredients sourced ethically and locally where possible. The greatest gift of all is the community centre where people can come together to enjoy cultural activities like poetry, dance and music. They can maintain a healthy lifestyle by attending yoga, exercise and meditation classes and they can learn. With hands on and practical workshops that range from growing your own food, reconditioning soil with resources at hand to how to make energy and manage water – this training will equip people with the skills needed to face climate change challenges head on and survive together as a tightly knit community.

 

Income will be generated from sale of food, drinks and tickets for the workshops. Each ticket sold to attend a workshop will pay for two people. One for the purchaser, and one for someone who really needs it like a disdvantaged community member battling to find empoyment because of lack of skills and work available. Climate change is everyone’s fight and together we can walk far into the future.

 

The funds I am requesting is to buy a large house on Koerberg road in Milnerton and to renovate it into the space I need to host a cafe, community centre and grocery store. The tipping point amount allows me to at least rent a space large enough for a full year until I can afford to buy premises on my own.

 

It would be a shame to plant a food forest and then have to move again so that is why I want to buy property so that I can maintain an orchard and the vegetable gardens I have created by improving the soil quality.

 

I have so much knowledge and experience and I know I can transform people into a healthy lifestyle through a fun and informative experience.

 

 

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Annual Holiday 24 April – 30 April 2017

Unicorn Cafe will be closed for the last week in April. You can rest assured, we will process your order or respond to any correspondence, as soon as we are back, in May. We kindly request your patience during the Afrikaburn period. It is where Unicorns go to a temporary Utopia for 7 days and find inspiration 🙂

 

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